‘Free entry’ parties offered to voters hours before polls

With the Panjab University Students’ Council elections a few hours away,student organisations are busy utilising the time to woo voters by resorting to one-to-one campaigning,distributing pamphlets,taking down contact numbers,sending bulk messages,promising ‘free entry parties’,freebies and assuming a ‘non-teaching day’

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published: September 4, 2013 2:22 am

With the Panjab University Students’ Council elections a few hours away,student organisations are busy utilising the time to woo voters by resorting to one-to-one campaigning,distributing pamphlets,taking down contact numbers,sending bulk messages,promising ‘free entry parties’,freebies and assuming a ‘non-teaching day’.

The candidates and their supporters in the city colleges were seen in election mood,trying their best to convince every student present to turn up on the voting day even as the clock ticked for the most awaited student elections to be held on September 4.

SOPU president at SD College,Sector 32,Arwinder Singh said,“We had a peaceful panel discussion in the campus as campaigning was not allowed. We used the canteens and grounds to talk to the crowd.”

“Today the security was too high in the college to do any thing against the election guidelines. There were chances of our nominations getting cancelled at the last moment. It seemed as if the whole college was on alert today,but we still managed to do a little door-to door campaigning and personally meeting students,” added a member of the SDHU and CU party at SD College.

While Ashna Singh,vice-president at Government College for Girls,Sector 11 said,“We had a very peaceful environment today. I attended my lectures as there was no campaigning and this is how I was able to talk to my classmates also. Initially we got to know there would be no teaching in the college till 12 noon,but some of the teachers continued to take classes. Now we are eagerly waiting for the results,as many students who bunked lectures to make posters and stickers for me are awaiting a huge party tomorrow night.”

Meanwhile,a student at GC-11,Dev Gupta said,“We didn’t have any lectures today as we heard it’s a non teaching day. The party candidates came personally to talk to us and even promised us a ‘free entry’ party in return for a vote.”

Reacting to this,Dean of the college,Ramneek Sharma said,“There are only rumours about the non-teaching day. The classes are going on normally.”

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